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Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education. V
Edited by: Annie Selden, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, Ed Dubinsky, Kent State University, OH, Guershon Harel, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, and Fernando Hitt, CINVESTAV, Mexico, Mexico
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education
2003; 206 pp; softcover
Volume: 12
ISBN-10: 0-8218-3302-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-3302-5
List Price: US$54
Member Price: US$43.20
All Individuals: US$43.20
Order Code: CBMATH/12
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Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education. VII - Fernando Hitt, Derek Holton and Patrick W Thompson

This fifth volume of Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education (RCME) presents state-of-the-art research on understanding, teaching, and learning mathematics at the post-secondary level. The articles in RCME are peer-reviewed for two major features: (1) advancing our understanding of collegiate mathematics education, and (2) readability by a wide audience of practicing mathematicians interested in issues affecting their own students. This is not a collection of scholarly arcana, but a compilation of useful and informative research regarding the ways our students think about and learn mathematics.

The volume begins with a study from Mexico of the cross-cutting concept of variable followed by two studies dealing with aspects of calculus reform. The next study frames its discussion of students' conceptions of infinite sets using the psychological work of Efraim Fischbein on (mathematical) intuition. This is followed by two papers concerned with APOS theory and other frameworks regarding mathematical understanding. The final study provides some preliminary results on student learning using technology when lessons are delivered via the Internet.

Whether specialists in education or mathematicians interested in finding out about the field, readers will obtain new insights about teaching and learning and will take away ideas they can use.

Also available from the AMS are RCME IV , III , II , and I in the series, CBMS (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences) Issues in Mathematics Education.

This series is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America.


General mathematical audience interested in mathematics education.

Table of Contents

  • M. Trigueros and S. Ursini -- First-year undergraduates' difficulties in working with different uses of variable
  • A. Herzig and D. T. Kung -- Cooperative learning in calculus reform: What have we learned?
  • C. Roddick -- Calculus reform and traditional students' use of calculus in an engineering mechanics course
  • P. Tsamir -- Primary intuitions and instruction: The case of actual infinity
  • K. Weller, J. M. Clark, E. Dubinsky, S. Loch, M. A. McDonald, and R. R. Merkovsky -- Student performance and attitudes in courses based on APOS theory and the ACE teaching cycle
  • D. E. Meel -- Models and theories of mathematical understanding: Comparing Pirie and Kieren's model of the growth of mathematical understanding and APOS theory
  • J. Bookman and D. Malone -- The nature of learning in interactive technological environments: A proposal for a research agenda based on grounded theory
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